Thursday, 3 May 2018

More Mobile-Friendly Changes!

iphonexI recently posted on LinkedIn about The Menu Pile as I was trying to spread the word to get more people interested, and someone happened to mention that it might be a good idea to put the distances of the restaurants away from the search post code.

Good idea, right?

It is – and it’s something that has been there for a LONG time… except when I made the changes previously to the mobile/tablet version of the website, I appear to have hidden it and hadn’t actually noticed that I had done so!

Anyway, long story short, the distances are not only back, but they now reflect the actual distances (by road), whereas previously, they were ‘as the crow flies’, which of course worked in Desktop mode and was correct, but I wanted to improve them for mobile users.

Turns out, these mobile devices are already the ‘norm’ in terms of browsing the internet, which might not come as a shock or surprise, but it’s an interesting concept for people like me, who have always pretty much focused on Desktop/Laptop browsers, and mobile was always an afterthought, simply because the mobile devices from even say 5 years ago, weren’t what they are now, and struggled to display web pages.  If they could, mobile coverage in the UK was ok, but still patchy and fragmented.  Nowadays, it’s all about the mobile, and a surprise when we see people using the website on a traditional computer.

I’ve made lots of other mobile-based changes to the website overall, too, as niggly little areas would always irk me, and must therefore irk others.  Lots fixed, but too much to mention without boring you massively!!

My point about this blog post was, though, that it took someone to comment to make me actually see some of the little problems – I think, irrespective of what you’re making, you get a little tunnel-vision'ed, and sometimes miss the details.  A simple comment has made all of the difference, and hopefully makes it better for everyone. So, just let me know if there’s something that doesn’t look brilliant, that could be better!